§ MR. W. H. SMITH
asked the Secretary to the Admiralty, How many rounds with full charges were fired from the 43-ton gun, now placed on board the Conqueror at Chatham, before she was accepted by the Admiralty?
As the right hon. Gentleman's Question refers to a subject which belongs to the Department of the War Office for which I am responsible, my hon. Friend the Secretary to the Admiralty has requested me to reply to 552 it. The number of proof rounds laid down for 43-ton guns was one round battering charge, and five rounds with charges that would increase the pressure of the first charge 25 per cent. These rounds were fired from the 43-ton gun now on board the Conqueror, and besides these five additional rounds were fired with varying charges.